The 2017 Yarden Bar’on Vineyard presents complex characters of ripe black fruits, chocolate, smoke, earth and tobacco, layered with hints of flowers. This full-bodied single-vineyard wine displays impressive concentration of flavor and a pleasingly long finish.
Though pleasurable to drink upon release, the 2017 Yarden Bar’on Vineyard will continue improving in the bottle over the next number of years, and stay in excellent drinking condition for over ten years from vintage. This festive wine is a great companion to classic rack of lamb, roast beef, or creamy mushroom risotto.
While the winter leading up to the 2017 season started promisingly, with an unusually cold and wet December, total seasonal precipitation finished at only 82% of normal. The lack of late winter rain resulted in restrained vine growth and canopies nicely open to light and air penetration. After an average spring, July saw daily highs 2oC (3.6oF) warmer than usual. Happily, typical weather returned in August, and the absence of weather extremes led to beautiful, and faster than normal, ripening. Ending up as a relatively short eleven-week harvest, 2017 was yet another vintage of excellent quality.
With fruit harvested exclusively from the Bar’on Vineyard, this blended single vineyard wine is produced from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah and 11% Petit Verdot. Certified sustainable, the Bar’on Vineyard is located in the northern Golan Heights at an elevation of 1,040 meters (3,400 feet). Since these blending percentages reflect the proportions of the varieties grown in this vineyard, the wine provides unique insight into this specific site. The wine aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.
The Galilee (or Galil) is the most northern, and generally considered the best, appellation in Israel. The highest quality area within the appellation is the Golan Heights (or simply the Golan), the coldest region in Israel. The vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and receive snowfall in the winter. Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin in the central Golan.